Big Fat Lies (page 12)

Coming Soon to a City Near You: The Death of the Buffet?

Sometimes it’s good to read what your opponents are reading. A roundup of the food-activist agitprop can be found periodically on foodie spokesman Mark Bittman’s…
Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Food Activists’ Fumblerooskis

One theory of political change, called the “Overton window” after the political theorist who proposed it, holds that at any given time some policies are unthinkable—outside the…
Posted June 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Shouldn’t Choice be Evolutionary?

We think we’ve heard just about every argument for food paternalism that exists. From organic movement leaders saying that we need to “go on [their] feelings,” animal…
Posted June 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The Voice of the Elite Loves His Nanny

We expected food-tax advocate, frozen-dinner snob, and comparative-advantage illiterate Mark Bittman to love New York Supernanny Michael Bloomberg’s big-soda Prohibition. (It’s not like…
Posted June 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Too Poor To Eat Well: Another Food Myth

Much of the justification for the various forms of Twinkie Tax that the self-anointed “food police” have demanded for the better part of two decades rests on the…
Posted May 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Memo to HBO: A Cheeseburger Won’t Kill You — Or Your Children

When HBO trotted out its big documentary project on obesity featuring every food activist from Twinkie Tax godfather Kelly Brownell to Center for…
Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

The Latest “Latest Study” Strikeout: Rats, Sugar, and Press Releases

We’ve made fun of “The Latest Study” for a decade, and today, the mockery rings truer than ever. The newest “latest study” may take the cake. A…
Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

If You Believe in Consumer Freedom, You’re Prejudiced or Something

The armies of the “public health” community are on the march, in advance of HBO’s release next week of a much-hyped documentary promoting the Social Engineer’s Manifesto. Never heard…
Posted May 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Garbage In, Food Police Out

A new projection that 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030 is making news just in time for the nation’s food police to…
Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Take Up the Thin Man’s Burden, Says Public Health Community

The Institute of Medicine (IOM), a group that advises the federal government on medical and public health issues, released a report today outlining its recommended strategies to reduce the…
Posted May 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm